COMPTON — Two federal grants supported in part by Lockheed Aerospace Corp. will enable Compton Community College to bring nearly $1.2 million in assistance to high school students in Compton, Lynwood and Paramount, a college spokesman said.
The separate grants from the U.S. Department of Education are both aimed at encouraging teen-agers to complete high school and go to college, said administrator Ron Chatman, whose office drafted the original proposals. He said Rep. Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) and Sens. Alan Cranston and Pete Wilson "supported our cause."
A three-year, $750,000 grant under the School, College, and University Partnership program will benefit at least 300 10th- and 11th-graders in the Compton, Lynwood and Paramount school districts who have academic potential. Another 75 students interested in computer-assisted drafting and engineering will receive tutoring, counseling, college-level instruction and job internships through Lockheed.
A three-year, $420,000 grant under the Upward Bound program will benefit 150 10th- through 12th-graders in the three school districts. Upward Bound will include an academic year program, a summer program and a summer bridge program for graduating seniors. The summer sessions will be held on the Compton College campus.